Inspiration

Let Me Take Refuge in the Shelter of Your Wings

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Hear my cry, O God;
listen to my prayer.
From the ends of the earth I call to you,
I call as my heart grows faint;
lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
For you have been my refuge,
a strong tower against the foe
I long to dwell in your tent forever
and take refuge in the shelter of your wings.

– Psalm of David, Psalm 61, 1-4, NIV

This post is an excerpt from Prayers for Hard Times by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

Inspiration

Grant Me Grace to Be My Best Self

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Give us the strength it takes
to listen rather than to judge,
to trust rather than to fear,
to try again and again
to make peace even when peace eludes us.

We ask, O God, for the grace
to be our best selves.
We ask for the vision
to be builders of the human community
rather than its destroyers.
We ask for the humility as a people
to understand the fears and hopes of other peoples.

We ask for the love it takes
to bequeath to the children of the world to come
more than the failures of our own making.
We ask for the heart it takes
to care for all the peoples

For You, O God, have been merciful to us.

For You, O God, have been patient with us.
For You, O God, have been gracious to us.

And so may we be merciful
and patient
and gracious
and trusting
with these others whom you also love.
This we ask through Jesus,
the one without vengeance in his heart.
This we ask forever and ever.

Amen.

– Benedictine Sisters’ Prayer for World Peace

This post is an excerpt from Prayers for Hard Times by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

Inspiration

Think of Our Children

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There will be no other words in the world
But those our children speak. What will she make of a world
Do you suppose, of which she is made?

– George Oppen

This post is an excerpt from Prayers for Hard Times by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

Inspiration

Beloved Jesus, Shine Through Me Today

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Dear Jesus, help us to spread your fragrance everywhere we go.
Flood our souls with your spirit and life.
Penetrate and possess our whole being so utterly,
that our lives may only be a radiance of yours.
Shine through us, and be so in us,
that every person we should come in contact with
may feel your presence in our soul.
Let them look up and see no longer us, but only Jesus.
Stay with us, and then we shall begin to shine as you shine;
so to shine as to be a light to others;
the light, Jesus, will be all from you.
None of it will be ours.

It will be you shining on others through us.
Let us thus praise you in the way you love best,
by shining on those around us.
Let us preach you without preaching:

not by words, but by our example,
by the catching force,
the sympathetic influence of what we do,
the evident fullness of the love our hearts bear for you.
Amen..

– Dr. Jane Goodall’s Favorite Prayer, by Mother Teresa

This post is an excerpt from Prayers for Hard Times by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

Inspiration

Come to Me Quickly, O Lord

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Lord, I cry unto thee: make haste unto me;
give ear unto voice, when I cry unto thee.

Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense;
and the lifting of my hands as the evening sacrifice.

– Psalm 141:1-2—King David

This post is an excerpt from Prayers for Hard Times by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

Inspiration

Celtic Prayer

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God to enfold me,
God to surround me,
God in my speaking,
God in my thinking.

God in my sleeping,
God in my waking,
God in my watching,
God in my hoping.

God in my life,
God in my lips,
God in my soul,
God in my heart.

God in my sufficing,
God in my slumber,
God in mine ever-living soul,
God in mine eternity.

– Ancient Celtic Oral Tradition

This post is an excerpt from Prayers for Hard Times by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

Inspiration

Send Thy Peace, O Lord

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Send Thy peace, O Lord, that we
may endure all, tolerate all, in the thought of
Thy grace and mercy.

Send Thy peace, O Lord, that our lives
may become a Divine vision, and in Thy light,
all darkness may vanish.

Send Thy peace, O Lord, our Father and Mother,
that we Thy children on Earth
may all unite in one family.

– Pir-O-Murshid Inayat Khan, 1921

This post is an excerpt from Prayers for Hard Times by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

Inspiration

For Our Grandmothers Who Have Given So Much

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We thank You, God, for all of the grandmothers who have given so much. Their love and wisdom have helped to shape us into who we are, and we have learned about how to love You and how to love each other through their example.

Bless each of them with long life and show us all how to honor them in ways that would let them know how much they mean to us that would also be pleasing in Your sight.

Amen..

– Kimberly Lynn Davis, Recovery Room

This post is an excerpt from Prayers for Hard Times by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

Inspiration

Today I Purpose to Live

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My life will shine
As the morning sings
I walk in liberty Bound in true dreams
Manifested promises
Chase my forward motion
A covered path before me
The fruits of my hoping
The fruits of my living

Today I purpose to love

My love will speak
With the sound of grace
Merciful within mercy

The works of my faith
Smiles of overflowing
Inspire my giving

Abundance of joy as rain
The fruits of my living

– Michael John Faciane

This post is an excerpt from Prayers for Hard Times by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

Inspiration

Let’s Believe In Humankind

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As I look around,
I see the crumbling ruins of civilization
like a vast heap of futility.

Yet I shall not commit
the grievous sin
of losing faith in man.

– Rabindranath Tagore, 1941

This post is an excerpt from Prayers for Hard Times by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.